Edinson Cavani equals Solskjaer record as Man Utd beat Aston Villa

Edinson Cavani equalled a record set by his Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after scoring against Aston Villa.

It comes in a 3-1 win for the Red Devils at Villa Park, where they had to come from behind yet again.

It was the 10th time United had gone a goal down away from home this season – yet they have not lost after winning nine of them and drawing one.

Bertrand Traore scored the opener after 24 minutes with a sublime strike that gave Dean Henderson no chance.

But United came back after the break when Paul Pogba earned a penalty after a poor challenge from birthday boy Douglas Luiz.

Bruno Fernandes made no mistake from the spot before Mason Greenwood put the visitors ahead shortly after following a superb finish.

Cavani came on from the bench and was an instant menace for the Villa back-four, proving deadly in the final minutes.

The Uruguayan's fine movement saw him get on the end of a wicked Marcus Rashford cross to nod home to give United the three points.

It was the 34-year-old's eighth goal in seven matches to mark an incredible stretch of form.

But it was also the striker's fifth Premier League goal from the bench – equalling Solskjaer's record in 1998/99 when he grabbed the same amount as a substitute – the same year he scored the winner against Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.

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  • With the former Paris Saint-Germain star proving a pivotal member of the squad, it is no surprise to see his manager – a top-class poacher in his heyday – desperate to see him stay longer than the current season.

    The veteran forward will see his contract expire at the end of the year and plans are in place to sign a new one.

    There is a clause that will allow the deal to extend it by another term but all parties must agree and there is interest from South America for Cavani's services.

    After the match against Villa, Solskjaer said: "His movement, his desire to score goals. A great cross from Marcus [Rashford]. We're getting to learn Edinson as well, and hopefully we can use him more next season."

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